Continuing from Week 2 that I focus on body image and beauty standards. How social media platforms especially Instagram, which is a popular photo-sharing application, involves interactions and engagements that can change how teenagers internalize beauty ideals. I think that it is just one factor. Stereotypes arise in children’s lives…

I had research about different kind of body shape and made simple illustration from that.

Then I took all the shapes here to experiment further. I came up with taking all the shape to be flower vessels and put flower in. I want to show that it doesn’t have to be typical shape, all of it them is still function-able and beautiful as the way it is.

I found an interesting set of photography that show their concern about the challenge of the world’s social pressure and the wasted hours sifting through filters.

As we seem to raise more awareness about beauty standards and focus on diversity, there is not enough change happening. We do see more diversity but equally people that go to extremes to get those Instagram approved faces or bodies.

These photo series of models in plastic wrap are a comment on beauty standard on online social media. It has been shot beautifully but at the same time make us feel slightly uncomfortable.

We live in a society that values looks, but only if they fit into a restrictive set of ideals regarding size and shape, age, skin colour, as well as many other features of our bodies.

Movies, magazines, television, billboards, damage teens’ body image by enforcing a “thin ideal” since long…

Throwback to my pre-thesis topic, the statement that I got was: “In social media age, traditional status of images as a way to document the world, has been dominated by “like” economy.” The project is about how the role of image has been shaped by cultures and society from time…

We tend to seek for content as this collage show how likes can be increasing as we create content that people like in the images. When we had earned many likes, we automatically add value to it. Like tells that we are exist, we earned engagements, and we are part of social media.

‘People have always needed approval because human beings are social creatures, so it’s no coincidence that it’s called social media.’

In the past, manipulation process are used to create power. To look more powerful. However, today, it turns to ‘likes.’ I experimented with making an illustration of fake instagram account, all images that I posted are the same theme. When we click on each image to fully see one by one, it can be seen that there is nothing at all in each image. But when all of them are together, it make the profile look nice, and minimal.

Statement: In social media age, traditional status of images as a way to document world have been dominated by ‘like’ economy.

Questions: As cultures are changing, what is the future’s role of image going to be?

Keywords: virtual communities, ‘like’ economy, social creatures

Kanisa Unakul

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